If you’re exited for the upcoming House of the Dragon series – as well as the THREE other Game of Thrones prequels being discussed at HBO – you’re going to love today’s news!
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that a Broadway play centered around the Tourney at Harrenhal is in the works! It is being produced in partnership with Kilburn Live by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, with George RR Martin and playwright Duncan MacMillan writing the story, and Dominic Cooke directing. Expect shows in New York City, London’s West End, and in Australia beginning in 2023.
The official description reads, “The play will for the first time take audiences deeper behind the scenes of a landmark event that previously was shrouded in mystery. Featuring many of the most iconic and well-known characters from the series, the production will boast a story centered around love, vengeance, madness and the dangers of dealing in prophecy, in the process revealing secrets and lies that have only been hinted at until now.”
A statement by Martin adds, “The seeds of war are often planted in times of peace. Few in Westeros knew the carnage to come when highborn and smallfolk alike gathered at Harrenhal to watch the finest knights of the realm compete in a great tourney, during the Year of the False Spring. It is a tourney oft referred during HBO’s Game of Thrones, and in my novels, A Song of Ice & Fire…and now, at last, we can tell the whole story… on the stage.”
The Tourney at Harrenhal was an important moment in Westeros history – taking place roughly 16 years prior to the events of Game of Thrones – and setting the stage for Robert’s Rebellion and the downfall of the Targaryen dynasty. The scant information we’ve received about it so far has spawned speculation and numerous theories about what really happened there, and how it affected later events such as Lyanna Stark’s “abduction” by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. It seems we will finally get some answers, and I, for one, couldn’t be more thrilled!
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